1st Royal Guards

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1st Royal Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname The Pride of Donegal also The Archon's Own
Parent Formation Royal Guards
Formed

From their founding, the 1st Royal Guards were the personal bodyguards of the Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth and Lyran Alliance. After the destruction of the 4th Royal Guards, the 1st became (at least nominally) the personal command of the Archon. Throughout much of its history, the 1st has been deployed on Tharkad, protecting the Triad itself.[1]

History[edit]

After the assassination attempt to kill Archon Craig Steiner in 2529, the 1st Royal Guards supplied the pair of Griffin BattleMechs that stood beside the Lyran throne. Victor Ian Steiner-Davion broke with the tradition and, in 3056, replaced the Griffins with a Crusader and a Marauder, 'Mechs common in the former AFFS. His sister, Katherine Steiner-Davion replaced those 'Mechs with a pair of Hauptmann OmniMechs following her accession.[1]

Though most of the unit's history has been the defense of the Archon, the 1st has been deployed to the front lines in times of need.[1]

In early 2506 for example the 1st deployed to Tamar at the close of the Lyran Civil War. Led by Archon Robert Steiner, the 1st pursued Duke Gilderoy and Margaret Olson into Tamar City. There they fought the rebel forces for eighteen hours before the rebels surrendered.[2]

The 1st was stationed on Tharkad in 2765. While there, they skirmished and trained with the 2nd Royal Guards, who had lost several key members due to criminal behavior.[3]

In 3022 the 1st Royal Guards fought the Battle of Rigil Kentaurus. The battle began as a joint exercise between the LCAF unit and Marshal Ran Felsner to work out joint AFFS/LCAF tactics. However, the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery sent in large numbers of troops and the joint LCAF/AFFS forces were hard pressed to prevent the fall of the planet. They prevailed however, and Rigil Kentaurus remained free of the Dragon.[4]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

The 1st and the mercenary unit Barrett's Fusiliers were deployed to the Isle of Skye during the Fourth Succession War. Both commands acted as an mobile reserve. When the 4th Proserpina Hussars successfully invaded the Lyran world of La Blon during the Lull, both units were dispatched to counterattack during Operation Holdur. The First caught the 4th Hussars totally off-guard and captured two strategically important forts. Consequently, the Proserpina Hussars faded away from the Lyran units. At first, the Royal Guards unsuccessfully tried to hunt down the DCMS unit. When the Hussars intercepted a message from the CO of Royal Guards that indicated the bulk of his units had moved out of one of the forts to engage the Hussars, they attacked. However, the message was a trap by the Steiner forces. When the Hussars attacked, the fort was defended by the entire force of the 1st Royals. The Hussars took grievous damage fighting what they believed to be a token force. After four hours, the few surviving lances of Hussars, retreated only to be ambushed by Barrett's Fusiliers.[5]

After the liberation of La Blon, both units dropped on Dromini VI. Though the suicidal attack of the 10th Lyran Guards damaged many of the JumpShips and destroyed many of the supplies needed for Theodore Kurita's Operation Contagion, the planet was still crowded with Kurita units, including both surviving Legion of Vega regiments, as well as elements of the Benjamin Regulars and the Dieron Regulars. Though the Lyran units were outnumbered by the Combine forces, they harassed the DCMS units. Theodore Kurita realized that Lyran reinforcements would likely arrive soon and that he and his forces would be trapped behind enemy lines with little chance to survive. Consequently, he ordered his units to retreat off-planet. When the 1st Royals realized the retreat of the Kurita units, they attacked the 17th Benjamin Regulars. Both units took heavy losses, but the 17th lost most, more than a battalion of 'Mechs.[5]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

The 1st Royal Guards were stationed on Tharkad when the Allied task force hit. They fought the Kell Hounds and Clan Wolf-in-Exile's Alpha Galaxy. Though they fought well, the Clan unit eventually smashed them.[6] During the fighting they were led by Nondi Steiner against Peter Steiner-Davion.[7]

Jihad[edit]

Due to the severe damage the unit suffered during the FedCom Civil War, the Jihad the 1st Royal Guards and their sister unit, the 2nd Royal Guards fell apart during the attack of the Word of Blake forces. The Archon, Peter Steiner-Davion, referred to anyone who fought in the Tharkad resistance as a "Royal Guard". After the Blakists were driven off of Tharkad, the First Royal Guards were rebuilt by adding a battalion of troops from the Alekseyevka TTM and Florida TTM. This has led to some tension between the survivors and the new arrivals.[8]

In June 3083 the 1st Royal Guards were deployed to Inarcs to arrest Duchess LaRue for treason. The 1st Royal Guards arrived with the 2nd Bolan Guards LCT and quickly landed on the world. The Royal Guards quickly marched on Utoptia, the capital city, and surrounded the Blackstone Highlanders with their armor. The Guard's 'Mech and battle armor forces quickly smashed the Highlander's positions and forced them to surrender.[9] The 1st Royal Guards then accompanied Duchess LaRue to Tharkad, where she stood trial for treason.[10]

In 3085 the 1st Royal Guards were stationed on Gibbs.[11]

Dark Age[edit]

In 3104 the 1st Royal Guards were deployed to Gacrux to assault the last of the Brotherhood of Cincinnatus' strongholds. They used updated King Crab BattleMechs as a distraction while the rest of the task force assaulted the rear of the fortress.[12] Adam Steiner led the 1st Royal Guards and the 14th Lyran Guards personally in their assault against the Brotherhood's forces during the five-hour battle on Gacrux.[13]

The 1st Royal Guards were ordered not to attack Duke Brewer while he was "Acting Archon", but despite this the 1st belief that it failed to protect Archon Melissa Steiner from Brewer's coup. The new Archon, Trillian Steiner, did not hold this "failure" against them, but the 1st began drilling constantly in bodyguard duties to insure that they would never fail again. The 1st also faced several Clan Jade Falcon and Clan Wolf units when they attacked Tharkad, and gained valuable experience.[14]

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 1st Royal Guards
General Paul Steiner 2750 - 2761[15]
Archon Katrina Steiner 3025[16]
Archon Melissa Steiner-Davion 3050[17]
Archon-Prince Victor Ian Steiner-Davion 3054[18]
Leutnant-General Gionavva Mellandra, the Duchess of Khartoum[1]
Archon Peter Steiner-Davion 3067[19]
Archon Adam Steiner 3085[20]
Hauptmann General Markus Clarkston 3145[21]

Tactics[edit]

Because of their posting within the Triad and even within the Lyran throne room, the unit drills extensively at close quarters fighting, and short ranged combat. Members are exceptional marksmen and are skilled at maneuvering. Despite its urban defensive prowess, the 1st Royal Guards are best renowned for parade and drill routines.[1]

Recruitment[edit]

Posting to the prestigious 1st Royal Guards is only possible by invitation. Though the recruitment policies were relaxed during the Federated Commonwealth, the 1st represents the Protectorate of Donegal and therefore mainly recruits from units raised only in this state. Though approximately one third of the 1st Royal Guards are nobles, postings are based on merit, with at least five years of experience required. Only the Archon can make exceptions.[1]

Composition History[edit]

2765[edit]

1st Royal Guards (Elite/Fanatical)[3]

3025[edit]

1st Royal Guards (Regular/Fanatical)[16]
CO: ArchonArchon Katrina Steiner

3040[edit]

1st Royal Guards RCT (Regular/Fanatical)[22]
CO: ArchonArchon Katrina Steiner

3050[edit]

1st Royal Guards RCT (Regular/Fanatical)[17]
CO: ArchonArchon Katrina Steiner

3054[edit]

1st Royal Guards RCT (Regular/Fanatical)[18]
CO: Archon-Prince Victor Ian Steiner-Davion

3062-3067[edit]

1st Royal Guards (Regiment/Regular/Fanatical)[1][19]
CO (3062): ArchonArchon Katherine Steiner
CO (3067): ArchonArchon Peter Steiner-Davion
Aide: Leutnant-GeneralLeutnant General Gionavva Mellandra

1st Royal Guards Aerospace Brigade[1][19]
CO: ColonelColonel Paolo Duranti - 1st Royal Guards Wing - 2nd Royal Guards Wing

1st Royal Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Regular/Fanatical)[1][19]
CO: ColonelColonel Uwe Dahrendorf
Aide: Leutnant-ColonelLeutnant Colonel Gill Davis
- 1st Royal Tharkad Panzer Regiment - ColonelColonel Liesbeth Tennant
- 2nd Royal Tharkad Panzer Regiment - ColonelColonel Noel Seaton
- 1st Royal Tharkad Light Tank - ColonelColonel: Damien Banbridge

1st Royal Guards Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Fanatical)[1][19]
CO: ColonelColonel Austin Graves
Aide: Leutnant-ColonelLeutnant Colonel Leon Jodrell
- 2nd Royal Tharkad Light Infantry Regiment - ColonelColonel Holly Tenn
- 4th Royal Tharkad Light Infantry Regiment - ColonelColonel Jona Kork
- 1st Royal Tharkad Mechanized Regiment - ColonelColonel Galeazzo Halder
- 2nd Royal Tharkad Mechanized Regiment - ColonelColonel Kerry Bracher
- 1st Royal Tharkad Battle Armor Regiment - ColonelColonel Harold Carter

3079[edit]

1st Royal Guards RCT

The 1st Royal Guards were nearly destroyed on Tharkad. To rebuild the unit rapidly they received two battalions of Timbuktu Theater Militia forces. This brought them to 80% of their pre-Jihad strength.[8]

3085[edit]

1st Royal Guards RCT (Veteran/Fanatical)[20]
CO: ArchonArchon Adam Steiner

1st Royal Aerospace (Elite/Fanatical)[20]
CO: KommandantKommandant Winston Abello

1st Royal Armor Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[20]
CO: ColonelColonel Purdie Huang

1st Royal Infantry Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[20]
CO: ColonelColonel Asher Wood

3145[edit]

1st Royal Guards RCT (Elite/Fanatical)[21]
CO: Hauptmann-GeneralHauptmann General Markus Clarkston

1st Royal Aerospace (Elite/Fanatical)[21]
CO: ColonelColonel Jane Long

1st Royal Armor Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[21]
CO: ColonelColonel Fred Evans

1st Royal Infantry Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[21]
CO: ColonelColonel Keith Williams

Game Rules[edit]

When playing in the Star League or Age of War eras, the 1st Royal Guards receive a +1 Initiative modifier and a -1 bonus to Piloting skill rolls when operating in Urban terrain. (At least half the mapsheets must be found on the Light or Heavy Urban Terrain Mapsheet Table in Total Warfare for this to apply.)[23]

Reference[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 95, "1st Royal Guards Unit Profile"
  2. Era Report: 2750, p. 52
  3. 3.0 3.1 Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 17, "Royal Guards" - Regimental Status
  4. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 189
  5. 5.0 5.1 Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 42, "Barrett's Fusiliers: The Light Musketeers"
  6. Field Manual: Updates, p. 69
  7. Field Manual: Updates, p. 172
  8. 8.0 8.1 Field Report: LAAF, p. 14
  9. Field Manual: 3085, p. 104
  10. Field Manual: 3085, p. 95
  11. Field Manual: 3085, p. 108
  12. Technical Readout: 3145 Lyran Commonwealth, p. 46
  13. Field Manual: 3145, p. 119, "Reconstruction"
  14. Field Manual: 3145, p. 124
  15. Era Report: 2750, p. 79
  16. 16.0 16.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 121 (pdf version), "Unit Deployment Table - 3025"
  17. 17.0 17.1 20 Year Update, p. 29, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  18. 18.0 18.1 Objective Raids, p. 21, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Field Manual: Updates, p. 178, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 108, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 133, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces - Donegal Province"
  22. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 138
  23. Era Report: 2750, p. 142

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